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Moussaka Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Marcel Baart

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 eggplants, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick slices
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1 pound lean ground beef
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
2 onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp fines herbs

2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup red wine
1 egg, beaten
4 C milk
1/2 C butter
6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
Salt to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 1/2 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions:
Directions:
Lay the slices of eggplant on paper towels, sprinkle lightly with salt, and set aside for 30 minutes to draw out the moisture. Then in a skillet over high heat, heat the olive oil. Quickly fry the eggplant until browned. Set aside on paper towels to drain.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add the ground beef, salt and pepper to taste, onions, and garlic. After the beef is browned, sprinkle in the cinnamon, nutmeg, fines herbs and parsley. Pour in the tomato sauce and wine, and mix well. Simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool, and then stir in beaten egg.

To make the bechamel sauce, begin by scalding the milk in a saucepan. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Lower heat; gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking constantly until it thickens. Season with salt, and white pepper.

Arrange a layer of eggplant in a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover eggplant with all of the meat mixture, and then sprinkle 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese over the meat. Cover with remaining eggplant, and sprinkle another 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Pour the bechamel sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the nutmeg. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake for 1 hour at 350 F (175 C).

Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
45 Minutes. Cook time: 1hr
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
"Here is a great recipe for moussaka, a Greek dish. It includes sliced eggplant baked in a ground beef sauce and then smothered in a thin white sauce" .

While I was staying with Marcel and Nico for a couple weeks while Eiko and Tricia went on vacation several years ago, Marcel made Moussaka for dinner and it was delicious! When I asked him to share his recipe he passed this one on to me. This version is from Allrecipes.com.

Many don't care much for eggplant. I think it tastes really good! The plant's beautiful flowers and attraction to bees and butterflies make this plant worth growing in your garden or in a patio planter!

 

 

 

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